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13 Moons: Journal of a Natural Witch by Fiona Walker-Craven


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Posted 30 August 2011 - 06:49 AM

I have been trying to get a copy of this book for a long time, and finally found one and purchased yesterday. It will ship out today, according to the seller, so I thought I would start a thread asking you what you think of it. As far as I can tell, this book has become semi-legendary in some circles. People rave about it. It's got the Greenwood Tarot mystique, sort of. I have noticed though, that in most reviews, people are hedgy about what exactly is so wonderful about the book. And I've only ever read one person say they didn't think it was all that great.

So...do you have the book? Have you read it? What did you think?

I intend to write my own review as soon as I can, but until then, can we discuss?

(By they way, I also bought 'High Rise Witch' by the same author).


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Posted 30 August 2011 - 11:38 AM

I have not heard of the book. I googled it and although it is not directly related one fellow did comment that it seems to be similiar to Hagstone which was (I believe but don't quote me) related to Whitestone. Anyway, I would be interested to see what you think of it.

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 05:53 PM

I don't know about either Hagstone or Whitestone. What are they? :)

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 08:02 PM

Hi Rowan,

Whitestone of the Whitestone/Darkstone orders were and possibly still are an Old Craft Group that taught a distance learning course a while back now before they slipped back into the shadows. Their Magister was a Mr Tony Newman. From that group emerged Hagstone which also offered a distance learning course. It's possible that Fiona Walker-Craven has or had connections to Hagstone as i believe there is reference to that group made somewhere in the 13 Moons book she wrote.


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Posted 30 August 2011 - 09:30 PM

Hi Rowan,

Whitestone of the Whitestone/Darkstone orders were and possibly still are an Old Craft Group that taught a distance learning course a while back now before they slipped back into the shadows. Their Magister was a Mr Tony Newman. From that group emerged Hagstone which also offered a distance learning course. It's possible that Fiona Walker-Craven has or had connections to Hagstone as i believe there is reference to that group made somewhere in the 13 Moons book she wrote.


Oh, yes, I think you are right! I remember reading something about that now.

Good news, both my parcels shipped today!!!


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Posted 31 August 2011 - 09:30 AM

I've never read the book but awhile back on another forum the consensus seemed to be that it was wiccan. <shrugs>

I'd be interested in your review Rowan.

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 06:54 PM

I've never read the book but awhile back on another forum the consensus seemed to be that it was wiccan. <shrugs>

I'd be interested in your review Rowan.

Brea


Both parcels have arrived. I'ved looked over both books. The 'High Rise Witch' does look way more 'wiccan' than '13 Moons'. I have read the first chapter of '13 moons' and enjoyed it. I will review both books as soon as I've finished them. :)


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Posted 29 October 2011 - 01:43 AM

Fiona Walker-Craven has or had connections to Hagstone as i believe there is reference to that group made somewhere in the 13 Moons book she wrote.


Fiona Walker-Craven was the public face of the Hagstone coven when it came out of the shadows for a brief period.

I've never read the book but awhile back on another forum the consensus seemed to be that it was wiccan. <shrugs>

I'd be interested in your review Rowan.


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is aimed at both traditional and Wicca witches who are limited in their ability to access certain things considered necessary for witchcraft and, thus, can appear wiccan. 13 Moons is a kind of "lite" introduction to the kind of craft the author practices.


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Posted 04 November 2011 - 08:07 AM

I forgot to come back and write reviews! I will do one soon for '13 Moons', finished it ages ago! I returned 'High Rise Witch' as it wasn't for me at ALL.

Edited by Rowan, 04 November 2011 - 08:08 AM.


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Posted 05 November 2011 - 10:03 PM

I forgot to come back and write reviews! I will do one soon for '13 Moons', finished it ages ago! I returned 'High Rise Witch' as it wasn't for me at ALL.



I am so interested in these 2 books, but they are so expensive :-( Tell me what you didn't like about High Rise Witch so I can stop wanting it.


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Posted 06 November 2011 - 07:06 AM

So I just found this book for less than $50 US dollars and I snatched it up. It should mail out Monday. I'll let you know what I think when I read it.
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 09:35 PM

My parcel has shipped. I should have it by the end of the week.
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:12 PM

My parcel has shipped. I should have it by the end of the week.



I think I was looking at the copy you bought as it is no longer for sale. I just couldn't spend $50.00 on an unseen book no matter how good the reviews are. I'll be interested in your review.


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Posted 08 November 2011 - 01:20 AM

Lol. That is probably the copy you were looking at. Was it on amazon? I am currently selling some books that I no longer need through eBay. So hopefully they will sell soon and I can defend this purchase haha.
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Posted 08 November 2011 - 03:14 AM

Lol. That is probably the copy you were looking at. Was it on amazon? I am currently selling some books that I no longer need through eBay. So hopefully they will sell soon and I can defend this purchase haha.



Yes, it was on Amazon :-)


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Posted 09 November 2011 - 08:34 PM

I forgot to come back and write reviews! I will do one soon for '13 Moons', finished it ages ago! I returned 'High Rise Witch' as it wasn't for me at ALL.


I forgot I already wrote a review! Here it is:

http://www.tradition...ch-book-review/


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Posted 09 November 2011 - 09:56 PM

The Whitestone covens imploded and went under ground after some very nasty power plays and unfounded sexual abuse rumours some years ago now.

Perversely, the worse the rumours about Whitestone Craft became, the more people pursued their training/initiation. "Fiona Walker-Craven" (not her real name), lives in the North of England and keeps out of it all now but she was connected to the Hagstone coven. There was also some messy publishing politics with Ignotus Press.

Other books published from the Whitestone guys are under "Rupert Percy" (again not his real name) which include White Horse, Equine Lore and the Coarse Witchcraft books 1&2 (co-authored with "Gabriell Percy").

None of these books directly publish Whitestone material but some of the Trad Craft stuff is alluded to. Especially in White Horse and 13 Moons.

I see the Whitestone coven sagas as a valuable lesson to all Traditional Witches. We do not belong at the forefront, our practice thrives best quietly in the shadows. So many people were left wounded and hurt after the negative press and aftermath of the Whitestone stuff. Friends of mine are still healing. Some things are simply not for public consumption. When Whitestone went underground, a lot of amazing knowledge was lost. The whole business was a crying shame.